In this volume of #BridalMakeupBreakdown, professional makeup artist Anjie Gogna deconstructs her own wedding look for us. She also shares tips for brides-to-be and affordable alternatives to some of the high end products used. Take notes girls.

Real Bride : Anjie Gogna

Makeup : Anjie Gogna

Photography : Chestknots Studio

Anjie says, “When I was thinking about the look for my wedding, I mainly considered the colors of my lehenga and what kind of makeup suits me. Being a makeup artist myself and just moving to India at that time, I was set on doing my own makeup for the wedding. But that didn’t mean neglecting my homework. To help me decide, I looked back at photos from events and paid attention to when my makeup registered best in photos. I recalled which were the products I used to get that effect. I also did trials on myself and took multiple selfies. I knew that very heavy makeup didn’t suit me but at the same time, I didn’t want to play too safe on my wedding day. I wanted to strike a balance between a look that is enough to be “bridal” yet true to my nature.


Face : I began by moisturizing my face with my Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion in Indian Rose & Marigold. I have very dry skin and since this is packed with a lot of essential oils, it hydrates my skin enough. A great drugstore alternative would be La Roche Posay Toleraine Fluide (minus the delicate rose smell though!). For primer, I used my all-time favorite Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light-Perfecting Primer. It illuminates and combats skin dullness and it has shimmer particles which maximize light reflection. This means that when natural light or the camera flash hits, it reflects the light to blur out any imperfections and give the appearance of perfect skin. Another primer with light reflecting properties is MAC Prep & Prime Skin.

Next is a trick I love to do. In between primer and makeup, I use a an illuminizer such as the Benefit Cosmetic’s Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl Luminizer. It’s a liquid-cream product that has a pinkish golden glow. So when applied underneath the base, it gives off a dewy and radiant complexion which shines through the makeup when you’re done. To hide any darkness under the eyes and the appearance of blue-ish veins, I concealed using ArtDeco’s Camouflage Cream in #06. A locally available option is Kryolan’s Dermacolor Camouflauge Cream.

I used two of my favorite foundations as base. For the center of my face or the areas I wanted to highlight, I used Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation in the shade Natural Flare which is true to it’s name – it matches my skin tone and gives it a radiant finish. On the outer edges and contour areas, I used Make Up For Ever Ultra HD in Y365. This shade is little tan on me so once I’m done with blending, I achieve a more natural finish. To keep my base long lasting, I set it with Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Compact Powder Foundation. I used a damp sponge to apply this to ensure a longer lasting effect. You can also opt for Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder which is meant to be used with dry application.

I contoured only on my cheeks and nose using the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit. You can also try Loreal’s Glam Bronze Duo for contouring. I followed it up with one of my favorites, Lakme Face Sheer Blush in SunKissed. It gives me the right amount of color with a hint of glow, plus it’s long lasting.


Eyes : For polished eyebrows I make sure that they are freshly groomed. I also prefer having light brows so I bleach the natural hairs to get a brown color. I then fill in any sparse areas with Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit. I kept the eyeshadow very neutral so I used only one eyeshadow palette which is  Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs in #10. The brown shades are all I needed for contour and champagne highlight on the eyelids. An alternative palette with a good range of brown neutrals would be Maybelline The Nudes Palette.

To give it that Indian bridal touch, I made sure to rim my eyes with black eyeliner. I used my staple black pencil – Revlon ColorStay in Black as eyeliner and kajal. It’s waterproof which is essential for a bride, but I also set this with black eyeshadow so that it wouldn’t smear. Once of the most important elements for me were long and natural looking false lashes. I tried different styles until I settled on which one is the best for me. To make them appear seamless, I combed through my lashes and the falsies using Revlon Magnified Mascara.

Lips : To complete the look, I applied a vivid matte red lipstick Sisley’s Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in Ruby Red. A widely popular alternative to this is MAC Ruby Woo.”

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